General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Games and play in education
Language English
Module lecturer dr Anna Rybińska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-GP-11-a


Module aim (aims)

Introduce students to the subject of games and play. The classification, types and importance of play, games in the life and development of a child.

Understanding and knowing different types of games, e.g. integrating the group, creative, artistic, musical, researching, silencing, relaxing.

Getting to the issue pedagogy of play and techniques used in work with children at different stages of educational development and the special educational needs.

Individual analysis and creating games and play for group of children.

Mastering the rules necessary to lead workshops with the use of different techniques for children in kindergarten and primary school.

Observing classes prepared by a teacher in educational institutions, visiting various places related to the classes’ subject.

Designing and conducting classes using a variety of play and games for a specific age group.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1: Games and play – main information




Week 2: The role of games and play in child development




Week 3: How to use games in pre-school and school education




Week 4: Games and play for each day of a year




Week 5: Integration activities




Week 6: Creative fun




Week 7: Research games and play




Week 8: Music games




Week 9: Plastic games




Week 10: Pedagogy of play and fun




Week 11: Games in pre-school education – visiting a kindergarten




Week 12: Fun and games in early childhood education – visiting a primary school




Week 13: Creating a scenario using games and activities for selected group of children




Week 14: Conducting classes for children – using theoretical knowledge in practice




Week 15: Let’s play together! – summary  

Reading list

Polish-language literature:


Demetrio D., Zabawa na tle życia

Fleming I., Po prostu zaczynamy. Praktyczne porady z zakresu pedagogiki zabawy

Hemmerling W., Zabawy w nauczaniu początkowym

Wychowanie i nauczanie w przedszkolu, pod red. I. Dudzińskiej

Jachimka M., Grupa bawi się i pracuje

Kosztyła B., Zabawa i jej cechy // Wychowanie w Przedszkolu, nr 5 , s. 22-28.

Kraska A., Lalka czy samochód?: zabawy najmłodszych // Wychowanie w Przedszkolu, nr 8, s. 17-20.

Okoń W., Zabawa a rzeczywistość

Portman R., Gry i zabawy przeciwko agresji

Rokicka B., Zabawy fundamentalne – z dzieckiem można bawić się wszędzie, Edukacja w przedszkolu

Reichel G., Rabenstein R., Thanhoffer M., Grupa i ruch

Skorek E. M., Rysowane wierszyki

Truskolska J., Czym jest zabawa // Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny, nr 4, s. 53-62

Way B., Drama w wychowaniu dzieci i młodzieży

Vopel K. V., Dzieci bez stresu


English-language literature:


Berman T. F., Rappaport A., Play to Grow! Over 200 Games Designed to Help Your Special Child Develop Delaney T., 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Processing Disorders

Elkind D., The Power of Play – learning what comes naturally

Kemp J., Brilliant Brain Games for Kids to Enjoy: More Than 300 Brain-Boosting Activities for Toddlers to Five Year Olds

Lewis G., Bedson G., Games for children

Masheder M., Let's Play Together: Over 300 Co-Opertive Games for Children and Adults: Over 300 Co-operative Games for Children and Adults

Moyles J.R., Just playing? The role and status of play in early childhood education

Newman J., Kranowitz C., 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow

Plummer D.M., Focusing and calming games for children Sher B., Early Intervention GAMES

Silberg J., 500 Five Minute Games – quick and easy activities for 3-6 Year Olds

Storms J., 101 Music Games for Children: Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song

VanCleave’s J., Big book of Play and Find Out. Sciences Projects – Easy Activities for Young Children

Warner P., Baby and Preschooler Play and Learn Bundle – over 300 Games and Learning Activities for Babies and Preschoolers